Overnight Phone Charges Could Be Harmful for Your Device’s Longevity

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Charging our phones overnight is a lot more harmful than we thought. It could actually shorten the lifespan of your phone instead of extending it or helping it. Most phones nowadays have a system in place that stops your phone from overcharging. Many smartphones do not stay at one hundred percent for too long.

Leaving your phone charging after it has hit 100% could impact your phone negatively. Business Insider’s Antonio Villas-Boas stated, “As a lithium-ion battery ages, the chemistry within changes and becomes less efficient at storing and delivering power to your device.” As batteries age and since we use our phones daily, their batteries begin to decay due to these reasons.

Phone companies don’t see overcharging your phone as an issue. Apple talks about their lithium-ion batteries in their iPhones, but has never really mentioned overcharging effects on its devices. Google claimed that overcharging is a dated issue. Since technologies are constantly updated, overcharging should not be an issue since their phone’s battery stops charging when it hits 100%.

Phone makers claim that phone’s battery should not be at 100% when you plan on not using them and store them away. If you plan on not using your phone for a while, it is recommended to store your phone away at 30% to 50% because that is when it ages the slowest. Samsung and Apple both stated to keep your phone around 50% for such purposes.

If you’ve been noticing your phone’s battery life deteriorating much quicker than its aging, it’s a good idea to set aside those overnight charges. Accumulated damage from such charges may cause shorter battery life span on a phone you plan to keep for a while. However, it does not matter how careful you are with your phone charger, it will deteriorate overtime regardless. Many phone makers now give you the option to replace your battery for a small price.

AT&T Misleads Consumers Through Fake 5G Connectivity Icon on Phones

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AT&T partook in a deceitful marketing scheme recently. The company has received backlash after updating three Samsung and LG smartphones–the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, LG V30, and LG V40–with fake 5G connectivity logos.

When either device connects to the speed-boosting features of the LTE network, they’ll display a “5G E” icon–short for “5G Evolution”–even though the phones are not running on any 5G network.

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As a tactic to gain a headstart on the 5G race, AT&T uses their new icon as nothing other than a marketing tool; the devices utilize the same branded LTE network with the exception of an included upgrade, which is in no way a 5G technological advancement. The company’s “5G E” implements an average of 40Mbps of speed–typical of many wireless network carriers.

The icon is set to arrive to more devices in the upcoming spring.

Samsung Announces Galaxy S5

The 2014 Mobile World Congress has opened up with Samsung announcing the Galaxy S5. Samsung’s newest version of their “Next Big Thing” is almost here. Here’s what’s new with the latest version of their top-of-the-line smart phone.

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Slightly Bigger with Slightly Better Specs– The following specs are slightly improved over the Galaxy S4:

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Dimensions: 5.6 x 2.85 x 0.32 ;
  • 5.1 ounces
  • 16-megapixel rear camera
  • 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset
  • Up to 126GB expandable memory
  • 2,800mAh battery

Finger Print Sensor

Much like the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint sensor that is used to easily unlock the screen without a password. The user simply presses their finger to the sensor and the phone unlocks.

Heart Rate Monitor

A unique feature on the S5 is the heart rate monitor. Holding an index finger to the sensor just below the camera will activate the heart rate monitor. The phone takes information from the sensor and records it in the S5 fitness tracking software, S Health 3.0.

Waterproof Coating

In case you’ve ever dropped your phone in water, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will have a special coating that is dust and water proof. The device may be submerged in up to 3 feet of water and still be fully functional.

Samsung also announced the new Galaxy Gear Fit- a fitness smart watch, and next generation wearables Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the new Samsung wearables will be available in the United States on April 11, 2014.

Update (02.25.2014)

Just after announcing the Galaxy S5, Samsung admits there will be an even better version of the S5- something like the “Prime” version with a more powerful processor. See more at BGR.com.

International CES 2014 in Photos

Every year exciting new technology is developed, and much of it is introduced at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Here’s what we saw at CES 2014!

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CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada
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Samsung Curved TVs 2014 CES
Samsung 105in Curved 4k UHD TV 2014 CES
Samsung unveiled their 105in 4K UHD TV at 2014 CES
Samsung 105in Curved 4k UHD TV 2014 CES
Samsung’s 105in UHD TV
Samsung 85in Bendable TV 2014 CES
Samsung demos their bendable TV, with one bent above, and another flat below.
Samsung 4K TV
Samsung 110in UHD TV
Samsung Curved TVs
Samsung curved TV display
BMW i3 Samsung 2014 CES
Samsung and BMW pair for the i3 Concept
Samsung Galaxy Gear BMW i3
Samsung Galaxy connects with BMW i3
Panasonic Tesla 2014 CES
Panasonic displays a Tesla Model S for whom they manufacture their lithium ion batteries
Panasonic 4K Gaming
Panasonic shows off an 85in 4K display in the action with gaming
Panasonic Nanoe Hair Dryer
Panasonic introduced the Nanoe ionic blowdryer
Lamborghini Veneno for Monster Audio 2014 CES
Monster Audio displays a Lamborghini Veneno with $50,000 audio system
LG FLex Side
A look at the LG Flex profile
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What’s inside the LG Flex
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LG Flex curved smartphones
LG 4K Flexible OLED TV 2014 CES
LG’s 4K Flexible OLED TV
LG Cinema 3D 2014 CES
LG demos the LG Cinema 3D experience
GoPro Pagani Huayra 2014 CES
GoPro displays a Pagani Huayra
GoPro Ferrari 2014 CES
GoPro Displays a Ferrari with several Hero 3s mounted
Oculus Rift VR Headset 2014 CES
Attendees battle it out with the Oculus Rift virtual reality gaming headset at the Intel booth
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An Intel rep shows us the Edison- a dual-core computer the size of an SD card
Intel Gelileo Development Board 2014 CES
Intel displays their Galileo development board, which is Arduino compatible
Dom Streater for Intel 2014 CES
Dom Streater from Project Runway talks about Intel powered products
Sony VR Headset 2014 CES
We try on the Sony HMZ-T3Q 3D gaming headset
Sony VR Headset 2014 CES
Testing out the Sony 3D gaming headset
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Testing Sony’s Bluetooth tennis racket sensor
Sony Tennis Racket Sensor
Our rankings and stats shown via the Sony app
Sony Smart Eyeglasses 2014 CES
Sony unveiled Smart Eyeglasses at 2014 CES
Tosy Dancing Robots
These Tosy robots can dance to the music of a synched smart phone
Parrot Mini Drone
Parrot’s smaller and more affordable Mini Drone
Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Demo
Parrot’s new and improved AR Drone 2.0s performing an entertaining flight demo
MakerBot Mini
MakerBot’s smaller Replicator Mini 3D printer
MakerBot Digitizer
The MakerBot Digitizer scans objects to create a 3D digital file
MakerBot Filament
MakerBot displays its various filament colors
3D Printed Sculptures 2014 CES
3D printed scultures at 2014 CES
Dolorean at Gibson Tent 2014 CES
Checking out the Dolorean at the Gibson tent
Gibson Guitars Display
One of the many guitar wall dsplays by Giibson Brands
Navia Electric Automted Transport  2014 CES
The Navia- a 100% electric automated transport vehicle
2014 CES Bosch Parking Assist System
Bosch shows off it’s Automated Parking Assist System, including an app that lets users park their car without a driver
Toyota iDrive Concept Car 2014 CES
Toyota’s iDrive concept Car
Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle 2014 CES
Toyota’s Fuel Cell Vehicle Concept car, which runs on hydrogen and only emits water vapor as a byproduct
Toyota Concept Car
Toyota’s FV2 single-seat concept car
2014 Corvette Stingray
Chevrolet’s 2014 Corvette Stingray, was announced car of the year. They showed off the new body and performance tracker feature at CES 2014.
2015 Ford Mustang
Ford’s newly designed 2015 Mustang
Audi Quattro Concept with LaserLight
Audi’s Quattro concept car with LaserLight headlights

Smartphones with Flexible Screens

Flexible screens are relatively new, with some curved TVs being the most recent working examples of the OLED technology in use. These TVs have displays which curve inwards on the sides, providing a more “immersive experience.” Now smartphone manufacturers are making use of flexible displays too. Samsung’s Galaxy Round will have a curved plastic display instead of a glass one. LG also has a curved smartphone OLED screen coming out next year.

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So what are the main advantages of a flexible screen?

Well, the actual frames of the phones will remain rigid, so you won’t be able to change the screen’s shape from whatever design it’s been shaped into. The screens will be made to conform to the shape of the face, making phone calls more comfortable.

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The possibilities of new designs for smartphones are intriguing, yet the greatest advantage we see is in what the screens won’t do-shatter. Flexible screens won’t break like glass, making them more durable to everyday mishaps. A second advantage is how thin and light flexible screens are compared to glass. These new smartphones can be lighter, thinner, and more shatter-resistant than those made with glass

Samsung Mini Stores Coming to Best Buy

Best Buy has seen some changes since it’s new CEO stepped in last year, and more changes are planned before Samsung’s Galaxy S4 launches this summer.  In line with its goal to build a stronger presence in the United States, Samsung will be setting up shop in select Best Buy stores by the time the Galaxy S4 launches.

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Best Buy will be making space near their mobile departments for sections with prominent Samsung signage and plenty of Samsung products to try out. Employees are expected to highlight the special features of the much anticipated Galaxy S4, and will also receive training on how to demo other Samsung products. The Samsung mini stores will roll out in high traffic stores, but eventually the goal is to have one in every Best Buy location.The only other company to have a designated area to showcase their products is Apple. It will interesting to see how the spaces differ from one another.

This partnership is just one of several big changes seen at Best Buy since new CEO, Hubert Joly, entered the picture. To compete with online retailers, Best Buy implemented a competitive price matching policy last year and attempted started its turn around with internal restructuring and investing more heavily in employee training.